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HARTING T1 Industrial SPE Interface takes the German Innovation Award 2020

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The HARTING T1 Industrial Interface for Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) has been awarded the German Innovation Award 2020, marking the second consecutive year that HARTING has won the coveted award. After the German Innovation Award 2019 went to the HARTING ix Industrial interface for miniaturized Ethernet solutions, HARTING T1 Industrial has now emerged as this year’s winner.

For the team that committed a lot of dedicated work to the introduction of the Single Pair Ethernet interface as a standard mating face according to IEC 63171-6, the award is both a sound confirmation of their efforts and powerful motivation for future projects. In introducing the new solution for single pair Ethernet, the focus was clearly on not only developing a product, but ultimately on successfully integrating the entire concept and product successful into international standardization and establish it on the markets.

“Fielding the T1 Industrial interface, we are bringing SPE technology a major step closer to customers. The award is a clear incentive to continue to drive this development forward, to expand the solution portfolio and to continue to develop new, customized IIoT solutions for our customers in the future,” as Ralf Klein, Managing Director of HARTING Electronics emphasized.

The HARTING Technology Group recognized the potentials of SPE at an early stage and developed an optimal infrastructure solution for all users relying on I4.0 and IIoT. In order to establish a uniform standard for industry with SPE, HARTING played an active, pioneering role in the development of standards and has standardized the interface according to IEC 63171-6, as well as having this standard referenced in the international cabling standards ISO/IEC 11801 and TIA TR 42.7. For 75 years, innovation has featured as the core business of the Technology Group – and the German Innovation Award impressively underlines this fact once again.

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Interroll receives major order in the US

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Interroll reports a large order received from a leading e-commerce platform in North America. The order includes the supply of vertical crossbelt sorter systems for 12 locations and amounts to a double-digit million US dollar volume.
The sorter systems will be installed at both new and existing end user facilities throughout the United States.

Increased consumer demand via e-commerce combined with the rising urgent need to comply with social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak created the need to expand the customer’s existing distribution infrastructure rapidly. Interroll’s simplified mechanical crossbelt platform sorter design enabled the end user and system integrators involved to plan with a six-month lead time. Interroll received orders for 12 sites with one system per site, amounting in total to a double-digit million US dollar volume.

“The Interroll vertical crossbelt sorter has been selected for its exceptional performance and proven success with large-scale projects in the American courier, express, and parcel market,” says Richard Keely, Executive Vice President Americas and member of the Interroll Group Management. “Moreover, the small footprint, throughput of 8,000 per hour through each single induction, as well as handling a wide variety of items have been decisive factors in being awarded this great opportunity.”

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Innovative Push Pull Standard for M12 connectors – across manufacturers Milestone for automation technology

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Eight well-known manufacturers established on the market for M12 connectors ­Phoenix Contact, HARTING, Molex, Murrelektronik, Binder, CONEC, ESCHA and Weidmüller – have come together to establish a standard for the push-pull locking mechanism of M12 connectors on the market. Together, we are pursuing the one goal of ensuring compatibility across manufacturers.

This joint approach resulted in the IEC 61076-2-010; a standard that describes both external and internal locking by utilizing push-pull locking.

Whether locked internally or externally, with the new standardized PushPull locking system, M12 round connectors can now be quickly connected across markets.

The vote on the CDV was approved with an outstanding 92.9% in favor. This indicates that a final form of the IEC mentioned can be expected in December 2020. With this standard, a milestone for automation technology has been achieved – both the saving of installation time and thus costs as well as a safe, robust and widely available locking system can be realized.

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Less planning effort for material flow solutions

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With the inclusion of the new stacker crane and transfer cars in its planning software, Interroll has once again expanded the range of applications of the popular Interroll Layouter Tool. With this application, which can be seamlessly integrated into the AutoCAD design program, planners and system integrators can now visualize even complex conveyor systems end-to-end at the click of a mouse and make them available for quotation and ordering processes. By digitalizing the necessary process chain, planning times for customers can be dramatically reduced—by up to 90 percent, depending on the initial situation.

The ability to visualize technical planning has always been one of the central requirements in the project business with modern material flow solutions. But even today, the path from the first plant design to the detailed technical project planning, which leads to the preparation of a quotation and the concrete award of the contract, is in most cases still characterized by time-consuming breaks in the work processes. For example, initial visualizations of the overall solution must later be broken down to all the required individual components of the desired plants. The fact that this process step can be avoided is demonstrated by the Layouter Tool that Interroll makes available free of charge to enable customers worldwide to shorten their planning phase significantly.

“With our application, which can be seamlessly integrated into AutoCAD as a plug-in, planners and system integrators can not only visualize the planned conveyor solution based on the desired parameters,” explains Marcus Dörr, Global Product Manager for the Modular Pallet Conveyer Platform (MPP) at Interroll. “The Layouter Tool also simultaneously specifies all the necessary technical components of the respective solution. In addition, the plug-and-play modularity of Interroll’s conveyor platforms ensures that the engineering effort required to put together the overall solution is eliminated”.

The advantages of this approach are impressive: Already with his first design, the AutoCAD user has all the technical information for the desired conveyor solution and, in the case of special framework agreements, even the necessary price information. This means that the planning data can easily be reused for the subsequent quotation or ordering process.

The Interroll Layouter Tool can be used for Interroll’s modular platform offers, such as the Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP), the MPP, or the company’s flow storage solutions. The free application is available as a plug-in for a full version of AutoCAD from version 2014. The Layouter Tool is compatible with Windows 7 to Windows 10; Microsoft Excel is required on the workstation computer.

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